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Civic Education: New Graduation Requirement

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Social Studies

Jerry Price

"Learning to make and evaluate evidence-based arguments (claims) is the singular, unifying, intellectual goal of all social studies courses."—

Walter C. Parker, Inquiry Design Model, 2018


Ensure that every student is provided a high-caliber civic education from kindergarten through high school graduation.


The primary laws and regulations for civic education are:

See the complete list of social studies laws and regulations.


  1. Enhancing the rigor of social studies disciplines (civics, economics, geography, and history);
  2. Building critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills for engaged citizenship; and
  3. Aligning social studies academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
  1. Classroom instruction on government, history, law, and democracy
  2. Discussion of current events and controversial issues
  3. Service learning
  4. Extracurricular activities
  5. School governance
  6. Simulations of democratic processes

Learn more about the six proven practices:

Learn about the many ways our schools, our communities, and the Washington State Legislature support civic education.


Citizens interested in helping build this list of examples of effective civic education may contact OSPI Social Studies at 360-725-6351.

Learn more about Washington's annual civic observances.

To view and download the Civics poster click here